A NOVELIST MAY write a series character who reappears in each story, or new leading men and women to star in each new book. Series characters are like old friends we see from time to time. New primary characters are like, well, new friends. Truth is we all need both old friends, tried and true, and new friends to keep things fresh and provide a new twist on excitement.
May I introduce my friends who exist to bring you pleasure?
Maddie Richards: Maddie, the star of two mysteries: The Beholder, and Death of a Bankster, is a damn good homicide cop who handles murders with efficiency, while her personal life is a mess. Maddie has a ten year old son, Bradley, who doesn’t understand that murderers aren’t always considerate enough to ply their trade during normal working hours. Maddie’s mother, Rita, lives with her and Bradley and is a source of inspiration and perspiration. In the Phoenix, Arizona, police department, Maddie must prove her right to exist in copdom through doing her job better than the guys, which she does. Maddie’s solve rate is the highest in her own department and one of the highest in America. She also must contend with a sexist twerp, Arthur Dinkins, the brother in law of the chief of police, while the boys in blue watch to see how Maddie handles the Dink. And through it all, her love life remains in shambles, but not for lack of trying.
The Beholder is a turning, twisting serial killer story that will keep you guessing as to which suspect is The Beholder. Death of a Bankster appears a routine local murder, but is it? In each story Maddie continues her search to find a murdferer for the c ity and a man for herself.
To read more about Maddie’s mysteries, click on David’s Novels in the menu bar near the top of this page and then the Maddie Richards mystery series.
Matthew Kile: Matt, the star of three humorous, yet spellbinding mysteries: Who Murdered Garson Talmadge, followed by The Original Alibi, and the latest, Money & Murder, a complete Matt Kile Mystery in a short story. Matt Kile was an accomplished homicide sergeant in Long Beach, California. That is he was until he lost it and shot a murderer and rapist on the courthouse steps after a judge had released him without trial on a technicality. In prison Matt writes mysteries and a publisher decides that as an ex-homicide cop and convicted murderer he likely knows a lot about such mayhem. After four years inside, and a divorce, the governor pardons Matt. As a free man he continues his career as a novelist. Then, in his first mystery, Who Murdered Garson Talmadge, a neighbor in his beachfront condo building is murdered and the man’s much younger wife is arrested for the crime. The woman, with whom Matt had been intimate, before he knew she was married, is charged with the crime. She convinces Matt to hire on as an investigator for her defense attorney. The victim, Garson Talmadge, is discovered to have been a broker of illegal weapons selling to Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Matt’s list of suspects grows long and becomes international.
To read more about each of Matt’s mysteries, click on David’s Novels on the menu bar near the top and then the Matt Kile mystery series.
Linda Darby: Linda, the star of The Woman, is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life in a small Oregon beach town when unforeseeable events change who she is, what she thinks, and how she will live the rest of her life. I can’t share more or I would reveal too much about the twists and turns her life takes as she tries to find sense and bring sanity back to her once tranquil life. Linda proves again, for us all, that we can not only survive, but thrive in adversity.
Ryan Testler: costars in two mysteries: The Woman, starring Linda Darby, and Death of a Bankster, starring Maddie Richards. As a young man, Ryan wanted only to follow his family’s tradition of military service. He joined America’s special forces and also proved himself as a sniper. Overtime, Ryan became used to killing, and the betrayal of others mixes with his own greed to morph him into an assassion.
When he is assigned to eliminate Linda Darby in The Woman he is conflicted for he sees Linda as the everyday citizen he became a soldier to protect. While Linda is fighting to stay alive, Ryan is struggling with the choice between protecting her and, by so doing, ending his own high, tax-free earnings, or killing Linda and keeping on track his plan for an early and luxurious retirement.
In Death of a Bankster, Ryan has his own case he is handling for the government which overlaps Maddie Richard’s local murder investigation. Their cases clash as do their passions.
Jack McCall: the star of The Third Coincidence, and The Blackmail Club is a former CIA and Defense Department operative who becomes an assistant to the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The U.S. President, Samuel Schroeder, with whom Jack became friends before the Schroeder presidency, puts Jack in charge of a multi agency task force formed to identify and stop whoever is killing U.S. Supreme Court justices and officials of the Federal Reserve Bank Board of Governors. The case develops amidst a shaky stock market, the eventual inability of the Supreme Court to seat a quorum, and claims by political adversaries that the president is trying to form a secret police. The Third Coincidence could one day be America’s lead news story.
The Blackmail Club is a fascinating and plausible story of a master blackmailer who works in the psychological seams of the nation’s capital, Washginton, D.C., a town filled with powerful people guarding ugly secrets.
For more details on these Jack McCall stories click on David’s Novels in the menu bar near the top of this page and then Jack McCall Mysteries.
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